February 14th
2016




Da Vinci
Innovation Academy


13500 Aviation Blvd.
Michelle Rainey,
Principal


Kaitlin O'Melveny Toon,
Dean of Students




Email the office!
ia@davincischools.org





Greetings DVIA Families!

A Few Words From Our Principal

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for joining us at PEC 3! Please calendar April 27th for our final PEC, which will count as WJ 5 for 2-day families and of course our full-time independent study families are welcome and encouraged to attend!

We appreciate that over 75% of our families attended PEC 3!!! Thank you! If you are in the 2-day program and missed PEC, please read the blurb below and choose one of the three makeup workshops to attend. We hate sending those pesky non-compliance letters so please, please, please attend a makeup workshop and also make sure to turn in your work journal(s) on time, complete and with all signatures!

If you attended PEC but missed one of the three workshops offered below, you may also attend!

Thank you for being part of our DVIA family and enjoy your week!
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From Our Dean of Students

Hi Families!

We hope that you are enjoying your long weekend! In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I have many appreciations to share with you! We had an incredible time at PEC #3 with you, and want to appreciate all attendees for their participation. We hope that you walked away feeling inspired and renewed to tackle math learning at home. :)
We'd also like to appreciate our guest speakers, Wendy Creek, Helen Chan, and Carolee Hurtado! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise!
Finally, we'd like to appreciate our donors who contributed to our raffle prizes and our afternoon pick-me-up station! These are great community partnerships who offer awesome opportunities for our students!
If you are looking for more ways to show appreciation and gratitude during this holiday of Love, check out this link and this link.

Have a great week!
What you need to know this week:


Work Journal Deadline
Due 4:15 pm on Thurs, Feb 18
If you are able to turn it in on Tuesday or Wednesday morning, please do! Teachers will be dedicating time on Wednesday to processing and responding to work journals. Thanks!

No School!!
Mon, Feb 15th
In honor of Presidents' Day, school will be closed on Monday, February 15th. Enjoy your long weekend!


Did You Miss PEC #3?
This year, Parent Educator Conferences count as work journal meetings for 2-day program families. Parent educators (in the 2-day program) who missed PEC #3 will need to make-up that face-to-face time in order to remain compliant with our Independent Study Enrollment Agreement. We are offering repeats of three PEC workshops in order to help all families with math support. If you are in the 2-day program and missed PEC #3, please plan on attending one of the three workshops below:
  • Number Talks with Rita and Nancy on Wed. 2/17 @ 1:30 in Megan's room (best for grades 5-8)
  • Shaping Mathematical Mindsets with Kelly Ann on Thurs. 2/18 @ 3:30 in Darlene's room (grades k-8)
  • Number Talks and Word Problems with Robin on Friday 2/19 in Robin's room @ 3:30 (grades k-3)
Strategies For Paying For College
Thurs, Feb 18th | El Segundo Public Library | 6:30 pm
Financial Advisor Jason Yoshimoto with Edward Jones is giving a presentation on strategies for paying for college.

DVIA Enrollment Deadlines
2/29/16
Returning families, your "Intent to Return" forms were emailed on 2/9 from surveys@davincischools.org. If you didn't see the email, check your spam folder. Call the office if you need the form re-sent.

For newly enrolling siblings and new families, use this link to apply. Deadline is 2/29/16. Applications received after the deadline will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist following the lottery on March 10th.

Student & Parent Educator ID Cards Are Here
ID cards will be distributed by the end of the week. We apologize for the delay. We tried a new plan this year and it didn't work as well as we had hoped. We have a new plan for next year! Thanks for your patience!

Annual Giving Campaign--Double Your
Impact
There's never been a better time to support Da Vinci Schools! Thanks to a generous Matching Challenge by Chevron, Belkin, Northrop, and Kinecta Federal Credit Union, all gifts and pledges made by March 31 will be DOUBLED, up to $50,000!

All pledge payments must be received by June 1, 2016 to be eligible for the match. Make an online tax-deductible gift right now by clicking the photo above. Thank you!!!

Managing Student Stress
We are partnering with UCLA scientists to test whether a new computer program can help kids and teens better manage stress. This program has previously been tested with youth experiencing high levels of stress, and they now want to see whether it might also be helpful in building resilience and managing stress for ALL kids and teens. All research activities occur at DVIA. If you are interested in learning more, please email Michelle Rozenman, Ph.D. or call (310) 794-2215.

Feeling Artsy? We Need Help Finishing Our Mural
We need your help! We want to finish the mural on the front of our building. If you can help (adults only for this phase), please call DVIA parent PeQue Brown (310) 626-2353.

Curriculum Corner:
Visual Math
At PEC 3 last Wednesday, one of the messages we heard was how important it is for students to engage in visual math. ST Math is an online program that immerses students in visual/spatial mathematics. All DVIA students have ST Math accounts. We encourage you to use this resource. Check in with your student's teacher if you have questions about logging in.

Mark your calendar! Coming up soon:

Apply Now For High School!
Deadline is 2/29/16 * 11:59 pm

Attention 8th grade families! If you plan on applying to one of our Da Vinci High Schools, the priority application deadline is coming up on 2/29/2016. Apply online using this link.

Please note that you must make a formal application for priority enrollment.
Not sure which program is right for your student? Shadow Days are still available. for more information.

Screening For Cracking The Code
Wed, Feb 24th | 6 pm | 301 Ave D, Redondo Beach
A special screening to spark conversation about race and inclusion in our community. Ticket information at www.knowinggarden.org.

8th Grade Photos At The Beach
Wed, March 23rd | 3 pm
Attention 8th grade families! Our photographer, Stacee Lianna, is offering an 8th grade photo day under the Manhattan Beach Pier! Individual photos will take place on a drop in basis from 2:30-4:00pm. A group photo will be taken promptly at 3:00pm. Contact Kaitlin with questions.

Are You Following Along As DV High School Is Being Built?
Did you know that the future Wiseburn-Da Vinci High School campus has its own blog? If you want to stay current on construction progress, follow along and subscribe for updates at http://douglasat201.org/.

Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team

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